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Lauren Lefevre offers professional styling services and is a well-renowned fashion blogger, having made several trips to New York Fashion Week and being sponsored by Nordstrom.

Friday Five

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Happy Friday! It's officially one more week until Summer vacation in our house and this mama {and my twins} couldn't be more ready! 

Here are five things I am currently loving, all perfect for the hot summer days quickly approaching!

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swimsuit / shorts / hat / earrings / sandals / sunglasses

1. This swimsuit and these cutoffs. First of all, this adorable Topshop one-peice is a total steal for just $60, and flattering, too! {I recommend sizing up like I always do with Topshop.}

Speaking of flattering, these denim shorts by Fashionable fit like a dream. They are perfectly mid/high waisted and the inseam is a perfect not-too-short and not-too-long length. I will be sporting them on Instagram/Instastories this weekend, so be sure to pop over to see what they look like on!

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2. These pajamas. These palm-print pajamas come in two other color options and are my favorite summer PJ's ever! They are soft, comfy and fit perfectly! 

Also, I am loving this new book, "I've Been Thinking" by Maria Shriver. It's filled with snippets of daily encouragement and perfect for a quick five-minute daily reading! 

Oh, and I always get questions about this super-plush throw that is just $39 and comes in LOTS of gorgeous colors. It is perfect for a bedroom or living area, and also makes a fabulous gift.

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3. This little white dress. I love a casual white dress for summer, because it looks so effortless for day or a laid-back evening; and can be accessorized with any colors! This white dress by Free People is comfy and breezy...and currently 40% off!!  I love it with flat sandals and with wedges, and wore it recently with these flat sandals for a travel day. It's also perfect for a beach vacation! {I am wearing an XS dress for reference. It's also available in additional colors and sizes here.}

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4. This tunic top. I love pairing a tunic top with denim shorts! This gorgeous tunic fits amazing and is perfect with shorts or skinny jeans. It's also currently on major sale here and here! I am wearing an XS.

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top / shoes / jeans / earrings / sunglasses

5. This little eyelet tee. You cannot have too many white tops in your Summer wardrobe, and I am loving this $34 eyelet-detailed, off the shoulder version from Express. It comes in five colors and if you purchase two, the second one is just $19! 

Have a fabulous weekend!

Stylishly yours,

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Five Safer Beauty Products to Switch to NOW

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If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been on a "switching to safer" skincare/beauty journey over the past year. You can read more about it on this post.

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Minneapolis {my first time to this super-cool city!} for the Beautycounter Leadership Summit, where I had the privilege of hearing from Maria Shriver, as well as the leaders and innovators n the safe beauty industry.

What I love about Beautycounter is that we are the leaders of safe skincare and beauty with the most rigerous testing/screening standards of any US company AND that our products are both SAFE and PERFORM. We often describe our products as Whole Foods meeting Chanel, which couldn't feel any more true! We ban over 1500 potentially harmful ingredients, and are literally leading a movement for change in regulation and safer laws in the United States and beyond. 

Since returning from Summit, many of you have been asking me "Where do I start?" and "Which products should I swap out first?!" I am a firm believer in swapping/replacing with safer products as you run out of what you already have, and these are my top five products to start with ::

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1. Body Wash. If you think about it, it makes sense that your body quickly absorbs whatever you put on it in the shower, since your pores are open due to heat and moisture while bathing. I love that this amazing smelling Beautycounter Citrus Mimosa Body Wash is rich and moisturizing, and doubles as a shave cream! My hubby and kids use it, too!

2. Body Lotion. One of the first products I switched to safer was body lotion. I figured that since I was slathering lotion from head to toe each day, this was an important place to start removing toxins! I love the Beautycounter Body Butter for intense hydration and just started using the brand new Countermatch Body Lotion...it adapts to your skin all day and has a light-almond scent which I love. The mainstay Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion is a fabulous place to start, too!

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3. Lip Gloss / Lip Stick. If you are anything like me, you apply lip gloss/ chapstick / lip stick throughout each day. Conventional lipstick is full of lead and toxins {YIKES!}, and the fact that what goes on our lips is ingested is reason enough to switch to safer. {If you can't give up your favorite lipstick, it's okay. I recommend using a safe lipstick/gloss for everyday and saving your "less-safe" fav for special occasions

I am a huge fan of Beautycounter Lipglosses {my favs are Azalea and Poppy Shimmer for Summer}, the new Intense-Color Lipsticks {my current fav is Garden Party} and I swear by the Lip Conditioner...I apply it at night, in the morning and throughout the day. If you prefer a very sheer lipstick, you will love these!

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4. Sunscreen. If you read or watch the news, you are probably aware of the dangers of toxic-laden sunscreen that are making headlines everywhere! Beautycounter's sunscreen collection as been my family's go-to for the past two summer season's and I am SO thrilled about the just-launched Sunscreen Spray! We also love the Sunscreen Sticks for quick and easy application on the face, shoulders and arms. Beautycounter Sunscreens apply like a dream and contain UVA, UVB and Blue Light blocking filters.

5. Makeup Routine. Since makeup is something most of us women wear each and everyday, evaluating the safety of our daily routines is important! If you haven't yet seen my Flawless in Five // Five Minute Face tutorial yet, check it out to see how easy and effective the Beautycounter Flawless in Five kit is! 

As always, I am happy to answer any questions at all about the mission, products and/or business of Beautycounter! Feel free to email me at lauren@editbylauren.com.

Two things to consider as you check out Beautycounter ::

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1. If your first order is $100 or more and/or if you plan on ordering from Beautycounter regularly, it makes TOTAL sense to join our Band of Beauty membership. For a $29 fee, this membership acts like a Costco card with awesome benefits! You will immediately receive 15% back in product credit on each and every order you place + receive free shipping on all orders over $100 + receive our fan-favorite Sugar Body Scrub, which I use once a week and before self-tanning! Don't worry are no reoccurring charges or auto-ships or anything shady that like!

2. If you are interested in joining the mission and business of Beautycounter, I would love to chat! I am actively growing my team and I have to say, it's the most encouraging, supportive and collaborative group of women I have ever worked with! We have ladies who are stay at home moms, doctors, nurses, lawyers, cancer survivers, teachers, those in corporate jobs and bloggers on our team. We are united with a common mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone and to have fun and make some money on top of that! If you are interested at all, feel free to reach out to me via email at lauren@editbylauren.com. You can also learn more here.

 

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FASTer Way to Fat Loss // All about the Bootcamp and Why I Love It

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram/Instastories have heard me talk A LOT about the fitness/nutrition program I've been doing over the past year called The FASTer Way to Fat Loss. Since I get questions about it constantly, I thought I would share some updates about why I love the program, as well as some of my favorite go-to drinks and snacks while intermittent fasting and carb-cycling. 

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I explain the background on why I joined the FASTer Way program here.

What I LOVE most about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program is that it is a LIFESTYLE, that allows flexibility, enjoyment of life and food and even cheats! I have literally countless of friends and followers who have and are experiencing freedom and major results with this program, confirming over and over again that this program works and also is a maintainable lifestyle for women of all ages, stages and lifestyles.

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Here's the details and some answers to FAQ's ::

What is involved with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Program?

This program involves intermittent fasting every day and carb cycling. Each day you eat in an 8 hour or less "feeding window" and then fast the rest of the day. Most people on the program, including myself, fast each morning until 12noon, and then eat until 8pm. Monday's and Tuesday's are "low carb" days and the rest of the week you eat balanced macros...striving to eat the right % of fats, carbs and proteins to fuel your body. {This window can be flexible and made to work with your schedule. I typically eat from 12noon to 8pm. Sometimes on weekend's when I know I'll be out with friends and eating later than 8, I try to push back breaking my fast 'til 1 or 2pm.} 

How do you survive the mornings without eating breakfast?

It's funny how fast your body adjusts! During the morning fast, you can drink black coffee, herbal tea, BCAA's and, of course, water. I love that I save time in the morning by not having to fix myself breakfast! My personal morning routine is that I wake up, mix a scoop of these BCAA's {I love both the watermelon and grape flavors} or Advocare Spark into a large glass of water and then take 3 Advocare Catalyst pills, which help my protect my body from eating muscle while in a fasted state and help develop lean muscle tone. I also make iced black coffee via my Nespresso and add a little of this sugar-free vanilla syrup or a tablespoon of Nutpods creamer. {I am OBSESSED with Nutpods and they make drinking coffee while fasting SO MUCH BETTER!!} Then the rest of the morning I sip on iced green tea and water.

What do you eat each day?

The answer to this is my favorite :: A delicious variety of REAL food! Most days I actually have a difficult time consuming enough food! The program stresses that we all need enough calories to efficiently burn fat, and I have realized how myself, like so many women, often don't consume enough calories and enough carbs each day! Wednesday-Sunday are normal macros days so you get to eat a great variety of anything you want that is nutritious food that works in your macros percentages. This means you can even eat sandwiches!! Monday and Tuesday are low carb days so I eat a lot of salads, eggs, cheese and meat on these days. Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti is a weekly low-carb dinner favorite in our house! I also drink one or two of this Vanilla protein shake, mixed with PB2 powder, just about every day. It tastes great and is also low carb so works on those days.

Can you eat out on this program?

YES! Admittedly, I am not much of a cook, and my family eats out or carries out food a lot. I've been able to make this program work for me without cooking in each day and I love that! I eat at places like Chipotle and Zoes Kitchen at least once a week. A salad at Chipotle without beans is perfect for low-carb days, as are the new cauliflower bowls at Zoe's! Both are delicious, satisfying and low-carb!

Can you drink wine?

Funny enough, this is one of the most asked questions I receive! Yes, you can build wine into your macros. I try to limit drinks to Friday and Saturday nights. Most white wine is actually low on carbs. I also enjoy skinny margaritas out and like to make a "light" vodka drink with fresh grapefruit juice and La Croix when entertaining at home. I have also found that making a "wine spritzer" by filling a glass with half wine and half La Croix makes  a refreshing drink while cutting the calories in half!

Can you have any cheat meals?

YES! Amanda encourages us to have a fun meal on Saturday's since it is "leg day" and we have earned discretionary calories. If you want doughnuts, a cocktail, a fun dinner out...this is that day! I was honestly able to enjoy fun foods in moderation on Saturdays {as well as some Friday nights} and still get results! To me, this has made the program sustainable as a lifestyle because you don't feel deprived!

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What are the workouts like?

Each week of the program, you receive a detailed workout for each day of the week. {Two days a week are rest days.} There is both a gym and a home version of the workouts provided. Since my goal with this program was to simplify my life and spend less time at the gym, I chose to do home workouts the entire program. Literally the only equipment I have needed is a pair of 8 and 10 pound dumbbells and a 20 pound kettle bell, which I purchased at Target. I can complete most workouts in my living room in 30-40 minutes, which is SO freeing and has built a lot of extra time into my daily routine! Most of the girls in my group do gym workouts and love them, too! I'll add that the premiss behind that workouts is that we are not killing ourselves working out, and its been so cool to get results without going crazy! 

Also, if you are like me and love the group workouts at Orange Theory, I still incorporate about two class workouts a week, and make it work with the program. Once you register and are assigned a coach, you can ask them to help you customize the workout plan.

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The next round starts NEXT MONDAY, MAY 21st! Spots are flying, so I recommend signing up ASAP, since the round will probably fill up my middle of this week!

Get all the info and register here.

As always, feel free to email me at lauren@editbylauren.com with any questions.

Shop our workout looks ::

Stylishly yours,

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P.S. Some of my favorite other go to snacks for low-carb and macros days ::

- Raw Rev Glo Bars in either Creamy Peanut Butter Sea Salt or Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. These are DELISH and good for both low-carb and regular macro days! I have only found them on Amazon, and usually order them in bulk since both my hubby and I love them!

- Clif Bar Nut Butter Peanut Butter Filled bars :: I enjoy these on regular macro days and they taste like a dessert! YUM!

- String Cheese :: If you are okay with eating dairy, string cheese is a go-to for me, especially on low-carb days!

- Raw Almonds :: I keep a bag of almonds in my car for on the go snacks at all times.

- Celsius Energy Drinks :: These yummy drinks are a new discovery, and perfect to sip on while fasting since they are calorie free! 

 

 

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